French Country Bookcases

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French country bookcases offer an eclectic range of characteristics that you can fit with most designs. For example, some styles provide straight, clean lines and minimal design features. Or you can choose pieces with intricate design elements, such as pilasters, scrollwork, engraved lines, cabriole feet, a distressed paint finish, and curved or arched headers. 

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Large Rustic Round Top

One Allium Way®

For character and plenty of storage, go with a tall, wide french country bookcase with intricately carved details. This piece has a bonnet top that forms a center crest above recessed paneled sides and Corinthian carved fluted pilasters in a glazed, distressed, cracked finish.

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French country bookcases are popular because they have intricate design details in various styles. For example, you can choose tall or short cabinets, wide or thin. And you can enjoy details like intricate carvings and moldings, distressed and cracked paint finishes, and curved or arched lines. 

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Ornate Open and Closed Storage

Brilliant Life

A combined french style bookshelf can offer open storage in the form of shelves and closed private storage from doors and drawers. This antique white french style bookcase with raised floral scroll molding sits on cabriole legs for sophisticated gracefulness. 

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Three Column Massive Case

One Allium Way®

This elegant french provincial bookcase has a curving concave and convex front. The trendy gray mahogany finish is distressed and glazed for a worn look. Six shelves per row provide lots of storage with a built-in light to illuminate items.

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Tall Slim Corner Country Shelf

One Allium Way®

Use an alabaster corner cabinet in a traditional style with a vintage distressed paint job to display items without taking up all your space. Six tiers of shelves lit by an LED bulb framed by a curved border add extra charm. 

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Elevated Slender Country Vintage Bookcase

Kelly Clarkson Home

Smaller French Country bookcases are versatile pieces used for looks and storage. This slender freestanding bookshelf has five adjustable shelves that add visual appeal from the cabriole feet and arched crown molding in two colors.

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When you’re tight on space, you can still enjoy the beauty and functionality of french bookcases. Look for height instead of width features to give you the desired storage. You can get more shelves without compromising your available floor space when you go with a higher cabinet.

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Short Rustic Reclaimed Farm Feel

One Allium Way®

For petite french country bookcases, go wide and short, like this bleached reclaimed wood pine bookcase. Charming characteristics like knots, imperfections, and nail holes add rustic elements, while the off-white interior splits into two non-adjustable outer and adjustable middle shelving.

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Rustic Minimalistic French Country

One Allium Way®

This tall minimalistic, rustic french bookcase is free of decorative frills and ornamentation typical of french country shelves. Instead, there’s a curved top border, four deep shelves, and two drawers at the bottom. 

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Double Glass Front Doored Curved Cabinetry

Kelly Clarkson Home

This traditional vintage cabinet with five adjustable shelves gives an updated french book case. Two doors with glass-paned panels allow you to view the contents inside, while the arched crown molding and cabriole feet add touches of old-school in two finishes.

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Bookcases with glass front doors give you a modern approach while giving you the benefit of seeing the contents inside the shelf. Cabinets with doors also help keep the items you keep stored in the cabinet free of dust and dirt and safe from being knocked over or broken. 

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Charming Classic Farmhouse Cabinet

Birch Lane™

This classic cabinet features traditional straight lines with three adjustable shelves at the top and double doors towards the bottom that gives you private storage. A scored, distressed white finish gives the poplar and rubberwood cabinets an authentic, aged farmhouse feel.

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Buying Guide

French country bookcases are items of furniture which can bring instant character and charm to your kitchen or dining room. Ideally suited to these rooms, they are available in a range of colors and various styles to suit each home. Regardless of how much storage space you need, there is bound to be something that suits you. Here are some of the main deigns which you will find when shopping for country bookcases.

What are the most common designs of French country bookcases?

Large three-section French country bookcase

This style has three sections – two matching ones on either side of a larger unit. This is connected to form a large bookcase which will take up almost one full wall, depending on the size of your room. It is approximately 10-12 feet in length, and there are normally five shelves on each of the units on either side, and a mixture of drawers, cupboards and shelves on the middle and largest unit. A matching ladder may come with the unit to enable you to reach the very top shelf. The tallest part of the unit will be almost the size height as the ceiling, and stands around seven to eight feet tall. Often painted with a light color such as white to reflect the French country feel, this natural yet elegant unit is ideal for many homes.

Simple bookcase design with antique finish

With a curved edge along the bottom and one over the top too, the natural wooden planks within the bookcase are contrasted with a finished cream wooden frame. Along the very top of the unit is a wooden shelf which can be used to store books, ornaments and candles if you wish. There are three deep shelves, and the unit stands at around four to five feet tall. You can keep books on the French country case if you wish, or you can use it to store other items, such as kitchen accessories, baskets and ornaments.

French country bookcase with glass doors

Somewhat resembling a French curio cabinet with a glass door, this style of bookcase is traditional and sophisticated. You can keep your books stored safely behind the glass doors, which is ideal if you don't want them to come into contact with other items or you just prefer to keep your items behind closed doors. Since the doors are glass, you can easily view the books before opening the doors. The frame of the bookcase is teak or hardwood, and the detail along the bottom is traditional of old French country furniture.

Curved French country bookcase

Depending on the shape of the room that you intend to place the French country bookcase in, the curved design might be a good solution. Not only does this enable you to have more space, which is ideal for those with many books, but it also fits into the wall without having to take the form of a separate unit. Built into the wall, there are often features such as spinning shelves and reversible sections, and gold details over the top and down the sides are often seen.

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The French style is characterized by a great diversity - it can take the form of a light, rustic Provencal style, combining like in the case of this wooden french country bookcase with an elegant Parisian style.Columnar peak and strong sculpting in the middle.

New French Country Bookcase In Cherry Maple Adjustable Shelves

Why not go for this amazing French country bookcase that sports the cherry and maple finish and comes with the adjustable shelves to provide you with plenty of space for your book collection and various knick-knacks.

Bookcase with antique finish. Construction is made of wood in two shades. It consists of 2 open shelves arranged vertically. Provides saving space in all kinds of interiors as needed.

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High bookcase in the French style. It is completely made of wood and finished with delicate carvings. Contains 4 shelves stacked vertically and 2 drawers for storing personal items. Elegant design for living room, bedroom and more.

This large and very spacious locker for the book was made in the French style. It has a white color, which adds to its lightness despite its dimensions. Attached ladder makes the wardrobe is easily accessible, also in the upper parts.

Glacier Country 63" Bookcase

Wide bookcase as a natural accent to all kinds of interiors. The construction is made of solid wood grown. It is equipped with 3 open shelves and 1 cabinet with double door. Made in the USA.

Primitive bookshelf wall shelf french

This old and primitive shelf is designed in French Country style, giving you a weathered, yet quite beautiful piece for storing your books. Made in antique style, the bookcase offers 2 open shelves, and can be mounted on a wall.

Elegant bookcase in French style. Construction is made of wood. It consists of cabinet with double doors and 4 open shelves arranged vertically. Suitable for storing books, display decorations and more.

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Beautiful french bookcase that sports the antique painted finish and comes with the stunning decorative top with carvings that are just a given when it comes to catching the attention of your guests.

Antique French Country Bookcase Cabinet China Display ~ Carved Dark Oak ~Shells

Using such gorgeous and weathered bookcases, you can be sure that your home will be spiced up with country accents, while giving you also a lot of space for storing your belongings and displaying decorations. Bookcases are made of wood, have 2 two-door cabinets, and 7 open shelves, in total.

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Add this stunning bookcase to your interior and enjoy the elevated look that it will provide with its distressed frame and the charming, two-tone finish of pale blue and off-white along with the two spacious shelves and drawers.

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When we look at this bright, freestanding wooden white country bookshelf - we remember the past generations. The two-door bookcase is made in Swedish style, with a glass front that intersects the cross elements in white.

This sleek and very eye-catching shabby chic decor is the perfect solution for the office or home office. Lovely details, beautiful finishes of furniture, sculptures, beautiful lamp and large cabinet create a pleasant workplace.

For everyone who values their space and would love to keep their household stylish and not cluttered this built-in bookcase is a dream come true. It comes with a space perfectly suited for a sofa and goes all the way up to the ceiling to fit all of your books.

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It is an antique French bookcase. It has several shelves, which means that there will fit many books you want to organize. At the same time it is very ornate and decorative furniture. It brings harmony and beauty to your home.

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PORTLAND French Country Bookcase Cabinet with Ladder

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